David Goldsmith is an executive coach and one of the founders of the coaching profession. He is one of the first Master Certified Coaches and Board Certified Coaches.
As Executive Director of 7 Paths Forward (7PF), he is responsible for growing an organization that dramatically improves the coaching profession by developing higher quality executive coaches. 7PF is focused on creating catalytic learning experiences and building a dynamic learning community of great coaches and professional colleagues. David co-founded and served as Executive Director of the Foundation of Coaching which later became the Institute of Coaching at Harvard, furthering the profession’s commitment to research, where he is now a Fellow.
David is known as the grandfather of coaching in Japan. As coaching spread around the globe, he trained the first Japanese coaches, helping to establish coaching there, and partnered with Coach 21 and Coach A to establish Japan’s largest coaching organizations. David was also a columnist for the popular “Dear Coach” feature in the London Sunday Times.
As a pioneer in the coaching industry, he worked closely with Thomas Leonard and served as the first President of Coach U. During that time, he co-founded the International Coach Federation.
He also served as COO of CoachInc.com, leading the company through its expansion. David then organized the first coaching conferences that showcased research about the profession.
David is the proud father of two sons and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico with his wife, Marie, and their dog, Kai.